Posted by: mattcolvin | February 21, 2010

On Critique

There is a certain kind of smugness that allows a man to play H.L. Mencken while still claiming to be a follower of Jesus. And if he blogs and writes books prolifically enough, this style of writing will gain a man a considerable readership.

The targets of this Menckenesque writing will be the usual butts: the President of the United States, prominent politicians, famous bishops from 6000 miles away, seminary professors who have attacked the man’s theology, etc.

It would be extremely hypocritical of such a man to insist that all critique should be motivated by love for the person criticized. For it is apparent to all who read him that he is aiming mostly to sway the opinions of others, not to edify or lovingly correct the targets of his criticisms. As evidence that this is the case, observe how well he himself receives correction — i.e. not at all.


  1. I’m pretty sure that Mencken normally held little love for those he pilloried.

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